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Jerry Orbach told Clippers GM to move to Los Angeles

Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times has written a profile of new Clippers general manager Neil Olshey, and it shows how the truth can definitely be stranger than fiction. Like a lot of people, Olshey was an actor in New York who moved to Los Angeles in search of a better gig. Unlike a lot of people, Olshey ended up getting into sports and eventually becoming the general manager of the Clippers.

According to Dillman’s article, one of the people who convinced Olshey to come to Los Angeles was Jerry Orbach, the late stage actor who appeared in films such as Crimes and Misdemeanors and is now best known for his portrayal of detective Lenny Briscoe on television’s “Law and Order.” From the article:

Olshey recalled riding the New York subway with Jerry Orbach after a show taping and his words of career advice when Olshey was on his way to his night job at a local bar.

“Jerry Orbach, God rest his soul, was the one who convinced me, ‘Look, the payoff [here] isn’t big enough. You need to go to L.A., where you can hit a home run,’ ” Olshey said.

The rest, as they say, is history: Olshey got involved in basketball representing clients, eventually became assistant general manager of the Clippers, and is now the guy calling the shots after Mike Dunleavy Sr. was let go.

The Clippers tried having a hall-of-fame player be their general manager. Then they gave the job to a former player and coach of the year. Maybe the former actor who was once on “All My Children” will be the guy to bring success to the Clipper franchise.